Wales politics

Cigarette packaging vote welcomed by Welsh government

Department of Health images of how standardised packaging may look Image copyright Department of Health
Image caption Brand names would be restricted to simple, generic lettering under the plans

A plan to let MPs vote on introducing plain packaging for cigarettes has been welcomed by the Welsh government.

The UK government said it would offer MPs a free vote before May's general election on the measure, which doctors said could save thousands of lives.

Assembly members voted in January 2014 to accept any UK law on the issue.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said: "We have always supported measures to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products."

"Such a move could play an important part in our efforts to tackle the harm associated with tobacco use," he added.

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